Many sports games got their starts when they were first developed for games like the Atari, the Sega Genesis, and more. The new FIFA 17 trailer, called “Football Has Changed” has taken this to heart as it goes through the various ways that the FIFA has evolved ever since the series first began in 1993 on the Amiga.
In the trailer, which can be seen here, we get to see how the game has graphically evolved since the first FIFA game, going from FIFA International Soccer, its positively received first release in 1993, all the way to FIFA 17, nowadays. The change in graphics is phenomenal, going from Amiga graphics all the way to Frostbite graphics, which almost make the game look real.
Even in the Amiga days, however, FIFA appeared to be pushing the limits of what graphics engines can do. For instance, during the FIFA 17 trailer, we can see a player in FIFA International Soccer actually do a backflip in celebration of a goal.
I was personally amazed that programming something like that was even possible back in 1993, when a basketball game that I played on the Sega Genesis had barely any animations and certainly no victory animations for the players.
The trailer then moves up to more current FIFA games, swapping through graphics as more and more goals are scored until we’re getting to FIFA 17 clips made with the Frostbite Engine.
FIFA 17 will be the second EA Sports game that will be made with the Frostbite Engine, the first being the golf game Roy McIlroy PGA Tour which came out in 2015.
We’ll likely see more of FIFA 17 at E3 2016 next week, so we’ll probably be seeing more of the game when that time rolls around. In the meantime FIFA fans and EA Sports lovers can look forward to how much better their games will look in Frostbite.